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Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Sanctuary Visitor Center

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Address: 726 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, Maui, HI 96753-9049
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+1 800-831-4888
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 15:00
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Located in Kihei on the south shore of Maui, the visitor center is an ideal...

Located in Kihei on the south shore of Maui, the visitor center is an ideal spot to learn about the marine environment and even see humpback whales breaching. This scenic beachfront location at the foot of Haleakala has views of Kaho'olawe, Lana'i and West Maui looking across the waters of the sanctuary. Visitors to the new center inKihei will be able to learn about the efforts by NOAA, the State of Hawaii, and others to protect humpback whales, monk seals, sea turtles, and coral reefs.

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Loved the knowledge here

We're we're staying across the street. The people working here were very knowledgable and helpful when we stopped in. They were more then willing to take the time to answer all... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
SusanandJeff65
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We're we're staying across the street. The people working here were very knowledgable and helpful when we stopped in. They were more then willing to take the time to answer all our questions about whales.

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Thank SusanandJeff65
Novato, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place to visit and nice location near fish ponds being restored. Excellent program on whales given by a docent.

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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are coming to Maui then you know that during the winter months over 10,000 whales come thru Maui's water and this is the place to stop and learn why. They have very helpful volunteers that are there to answer all your questions. Located right on the beach and if your are luck you can spot some whales while... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The whale sanctuary is right by the beach. Inside you can learn more about the whales and other native fauna. It's a small center, but it's free. The volunteers seemed quite engaged with the visitors, but we just walked through quickly. It's a nice stop if you happen to be in this area of Kihei.

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Torquay, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Great staff. They gave us binoculars and w sat on the deck and watched the whales breach and flap. They also had a presentation that was very interesting on how they help keep the oceans clean and safe.

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Hayden, Idaho, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

there was quite a bit of information not only about whales but also about turtles. we stayed across the street from this place and played around in the fish pond also. very helpful staff that you can tell are dedicated to their work.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

Got to stop by this place on our way to the airport. Would have loved Tom spend more time whale watching from their deck.

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Thank Donna S
Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Wow, once you've seen the whales (every day off South Maui if you keep your eyes peeled) and even heard them (swim underwater and stop moving, their singing is clear from miles away), you'll want to learn more about these amazing creatures. This is the place to do it. Just like for the blue whale outline sign, on South Kihei... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Visited on a day there was no lecture so just looked around the centre. It was very small and we didn't really learn anything new. The boards outside the centre were interesting although looking out to sea we saw no whales. Think it would be best to visit when a lecture is running.

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Bellevue, Washington, USA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Housed in lovely old building with volunteers who seem very caring. We missed the lectures that are Tues and Thurs at 11. The exhibits in the single downstairs room are basic and limited, relating bith tobwhales and turtles. We did learn that tge humpback season isn't considered to begin until mid December. Also tgat tge large turtles we have seen... More 

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